KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 8/30/2012
Fresh from its complete makeover last year, the 2013 Hyundai Accent clearly displays the Korean car manufacturer's ability to inject seductive styling and innovative technology into an affordable, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive package. Slotted to do battle with the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta, the Accent's affordable arsenal includes bright exterior paint choices, a high-powered audio system, a full suite of standard safety equipment including six airbags, and a roomy interior with the most cargo space of any sub-compact car. If the stylish 2-tone interior, smooth ride and 37-mpg highway fuel economy rating doesn't seal the deal, the Accent's standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty likely will.
You'll Like This Car If...
If your limited budget has you thinking "used car," you might be pleasantly surprised at just how much new car the 2013 Hyundai Accent can get you for around $15,000.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2013 Accent is a lot of Hyundai for the money, a little more money tossed at a Honda Fit, Nissan Versa or Ford Fiesta will get you more features such as onboard navigation, push-button start and leather seating.
What's New for 2013
The Hyundai Accent for 2013 sees the base GLS model with a manual transmission gain air conditioning, power side mirrors and a 6-speaker stereo with satellite radio and iPod/USB port. Remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors are standard on all trims, while the SE adds an available power sunroof.
During our time in the 2013 Accent, our driving route including a good mix of highway and rural roads. To our surprise and delight, the Accent's onboard fuel-economy indicator rarely dipped below 40 mpg. Even in around town touring, we regularly saw fuel economy in the 30-to-34-mpg range. The Accent's fuel-sipping engine isn't shy when it comes to delivering power, however, and it does so without much fuss or commotion. While we found little to like about the Accent's rubbery feeling manual transmission, its 6-speed automatic quickly won us over, delivering smooth and precise shifts and excellent fuel economy. Seat comfort, sometimes a weak point in Hyundai cars, is exceptionally good in the Accent. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Accent's driving dynamics, which lack the precise steering and responsive suspension found on the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.
1.6-LITER GAMMA ENGINE
The direct-injection gasoline engine found in the Hyundai Accent provides more horsepower and better fuel economy than those found in the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Mazda2? We'll take it!
FLUIDIC SCULPTURE STYLING
While it isn't exactly a feature, we really like the how the 2013 Hyundai Accent looks. The wavy, futuristic design sets the car apart from its competitors and even further apart from how it used to look.
Although it doesn't have the same the funky, futuristic feel as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Accent does have a decidedly refined interior for a car in its class. Using bold shapes and semi-metallic finishes, the Accent's looks on the inside complement its looks on the outside rather handsomely. We especially like the backlit buttons and knobs.
Using the same "fluidic sculpture" design language incorporated in other models in Hyundai's lineup, the 2013 Accent wears dynamic and sculptural lines that give the car an upscale look. Wraparound headlights and taillights, a high beltline and sculpted hood creases that flank the signature grille up front accentuate the car's aerodynamic look, giving it a sleek profile. Depending on the trim, the Accent has either 14-inch or 16-inch wheels as standard.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 4-door Accent is available in the GLS trim level and the 5-door is labeled GS for the base trim and SE for the sporty and more highly-equipped version. Regardless of the trim level, all Accents come standard with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite radio with USB/iPod integration, heated side mirrors, and 14-inch wheels with wheel covers. The higher-trim SE 5-door adds to this list with more even more equipment, including steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a roof spoiler.
Notable Optional Equipment
The only options available for the 2013 Hyundai Accent can be found bundled into two packages. The GLS automatic Premium package adds rear disc brakes, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, premium cloth seats, piano black accents, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition, fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SE with the automatic transmission can be equipped with a power sunroof package.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower and achieving up to 37 mpg on the highway. Hyundai used an aluminum design for this engine, as opposed to its predecessor's cast-iron block, in order to save weight and incorporated gasoline direct injection (GDI), which is mostly responsible for the bumps in power and fuel economy.
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/37 mpg
A base 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just over $15,000, and adding an automatic transmission tacks on an extra $1,000. The 5-door GS trim level starts just under $16,000 and goes up $1,200 with an automatic, while the fully-loaded SE trim can top out at around $18,000. Compared to other cars in its segment, the Accent's pricing is on the lower end of the spectrum. To get your best price, check the KBB Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area are paying for the 2013 Hyundai Accent. As far as projected resale value, the Accent has found its way into the middle of the class, as we expect it to hold values on par with the Toyota Yaris and Chevy Sonic, but not as well as the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.